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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Default Home-Built Vegas Luggage Rack & Sissy Bar

I'm not a big fan of the luggage racks currently available for my Vegas, or their ludacris price tags, so I decided to make my own. The primary stipulation was that everything must be quick and easy to change configurations.

I formed a bracket that bolts to the stock passenger seat just like the Vic backrests, but left it flush with the rear profile of the seat and added three 1/4-20 tapped holes. This will stay on the seat at all times.

This pic shows mockup and checking that the profiles match the seats.



This is the mandrel I used to form the main hoop... gotta get creative some times!



Here is the rack all tacked up ready for final weld and finishing:



This angle shows how the rack bolts to the "tail feather" mounting bracket on the seat. The tail feather is tapped, so there's no messing with nuts/washers on the front side.



I wanted something to tie bags to, so I came up with this sissy bar. Its about 17" from the top of the rack and will be a completely separate attachment, that way I can have any combination I want... just the seat, seat+sissy bar (will make a pad for my wife), just rack, or rack + sissy bar. And all of it will be changable with a single wrench and about 40 seconds.


I've got the rack all tacked up with my MIG and a friend is going to TIG the rest of it this weekend. The sissy bar is just mocked up right now, but should be done by this weekend. It will also get the top 3" or 4" of the bar angled back slightly. I plan to just blast and paint all this for now, but I'll be buying the Eastwood DIY powdercoating kit soon, and will try it out on these parts.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 01:27 PM
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Awesome work. I plan on making my own as well as I have the one piece 2 up seat now for my highball so the design needs to be quite different than what is offered.

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Great job, Looks great.

I just finished my home built one and it is at the chrome platter now.
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I finally finished up my luggage rack and sissy bar for the Vegas. I built it so I can have any combination of the seat, rack, and sissy bar just by pulling out 3 bolts:
- just passenger seat
- passenger seat with sissy bar (plan to make a pad to drop onto the bar)
- just luggage rack
- luggage rack with sissy bar
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looks great!!

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Nice Work! Does any of that hardware come into contact with the fender under the rear seat? and I like your design more than the racks that plank over the fender...but are you at all worried that the rack could be driven into your mid lower back if you get rear ended at a light or something?

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Thanks for the compliments. The mounting tab bolts to the passenger seat framework just like an OEM Vic backrest would, so no issues there. As far as the safety concern if I get rear ended, I guess it never crossed my mind.

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I'm a huge fan of self-fabrication, that's awesome.

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That looks very nice, a clean look.
Well done sir.
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